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And yet it's quite simple to do something about it. That's not unimportant these days when more and more things are connected with the Internet and, for example, when you're surfing the Net at the same time as your daughter is streaming Netflix and your son is playing Grand Theft Auto online.
That’s as it may be, but how do you get the best reception from your wireless router so everyone at home can enjoy stable and super-fast Internet? Here are my top five tips, specially for you:
There are more of them than you think. For example, there’s all the devices that work via Bluetooth, but also your doorbell and lighting. Even your microwave oven, your heating and the elevator in the hallway have an impact. Keep your distance from all these.
Also, don't connect older laptops or smartphones via Wi-Fi. Devices which are more than five years old can bring down the speed of all other connected devices. It's better to connect that old laptop with a traditional network cable. In addition, you can choose to give the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks separate names and thus split them up. You can then connect the old devices to the traditional 2.4 GHz network.
That's really quite logical isn't it? By positioning the device in the middle of your home, as little of the signal as possible is lost to, say, the street.
Other things you have to consider:
Since everyone in your street has Wi-Fi nowadays, you're often getting in each other's way a little. Indeed, most of us stick with the default settings of the router. However, there are quite a few adjustments you can make to get everything to run much faster:
In a great many cases your signal will now be excellent on the ground floor, but it can still be significantly improved on the first floor. Therefore, amplify the signal in your bedroom with a so-called range extender. You should set it up centrally on the first floor, in a place where you still get acceptable reception. The Wi-Fi amplifier will pick up the original signal and transmit it again.
Incidentally, a Wi-Fi amplifier is much cheaper than you might think. You can rent one from us for just €5 per month.
Now you've fine-tuned everything, it's time to test the speed. You can do this with various apps. I personally recommend inSSIDer.
Possibly also do a comparison with the real Internet speed. For this, connect your laptop to the router with a network cable. This way you'll see immediately how much speed you lose by connecting via Wi-Fi. Because no matter what you do, you'll always lose some.
Still need some more tips about your Wi-Fi router and Internet at home? We'll be happy to help!
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